Overall, this work is thorough, concise, and respectable.
I am delighted with this book because it presents the facts about early christianity without going into a diatribe in some particular direction.
Though MacMullen obviously is writing this book to an educated audience, the writing style is not nearly as high quality as his research.
It's got the facts, lacks the force to weave it into one common story. This book is about the alienness that Christianity in times of the Romans would be for us today: a religion... Read morePublished 11 months ago by MVM
Read this first. Then read Rodney Stark's "Rise of Christianity".
These are quality books, in contrast to "There is a God" supposedly by Antony Flew but... Read more
This book very effectively goes through the historical inaccuracies most people are confronted with when discussing martyrdom in the roman empire and how the shift from a pagan... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Kristen
There's no question about the author's academic credentials not the amount and quality of research that was put into this book. Read morePublished on March 7, 2011 by Jorg H. Lueke
Ramsay MacMullen, a Professor Emeritus of History at Yale, has a talent for making events in the remote past accessible to readers who have any interest in history. Read morePublished on January 28, 2010 by Jay Young
Having read the other reviews cited here, I generally agree with them all. MacMullen presents a somewhat unorthodox though well documented account of why pagans converted to... Read morePublished on July 15, 2009 by Jamie B.
The book is as good as the other reviews describe. I found it unfortunately ambivalent, though, on certain crucial questions. Read morePublished on March 17, 2004 by D. Moore
Ramsay MacMullen's history of Christianity is brilliant. This is not the hokey stuff that is passed off as Critical Ancient History by the busybodies of various movements. Read morePublished on October 10, 2003 by curious explorer